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New children’s stories align with lectionary: Pilot Project

   

Nov 1, 2004
-by Dan Dyck

 


Children at Home Street MC (Winnipeg) respond to a Sunday morning story teller.

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Winnipeg, Man.— A children’s feature has become an integral part of worship services in many congregations, helping the younger set feel included and allowing an opportunity to share a key message or theme in ways they can better understand.

Resources abound: book stores, church libraries, and denominational resource centres all provide ready access to these materials.

But if your congregation follows the lectionary, you may have found yourself doing a lot of research and reading to find a children’s story or feature that aligns with the assigned Sunday’s lectionary text.

A new Mennonite Church Canada pilot project is trying to change that. Since August 29, new children’s stories for each Sunday’s lectionary gospel text have appeared on the Mennonite Church Canada web site (http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/resources/family/)

Elsie Rempel, director of Christian education and nurture for MC Canada says the idea arose from lunchtime discussions among staff who frequently shared about a particularly good children’s story or story teller. “When a story unwraps the good news of a Sunday’s gospel text for young children, congregational worship is often deepened for other worshippers as well,” she observes, noting the lunch table discussion among staff.

She has recruited story writers with Sunday morning story-telling experience to supply stories for the first season leading up to Advent. “Advent resources for children are in Herald Press’s Leader magazine, but the children’s story feature will be back online after Epiphany, with plans to continue the pilot for the rest of the church year,” she notes.

Two story writers have already been found for the next season, but more are being sought from all area conferences. Those who are interested or able to refer a gifted story teller are invited to contact Elsie Rempel, Director of Christian Education and Nurture, Mennonite Church Canada Formation, erempel@mennonitechurch.ca, (toll free at 1-866-888-6785).